Will The Sixers Take Simmons Or Ingram?
Now that the 76ers hopes have been realized by winning the NBA Draft Lottery, they now have been given the burden of choosing between the two top prospects: Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram.
Before the start of the 2015-2016 NCAA Men's Basketball season, Ben Simmons was considered the presumptive top NBA prospect and he was projected at the 2016 NBA Draft Number One pick. But his season playing at LSU left some NBA Executives and Media Analysts questioning Simmons ability to take his talent and carry his teammates while making them better. LSU did not make the 2016 NCAA Tournament and also declined an invite to the NIT Tournament, ending Simmons' season earlier than anticipated.
Meanwhile Brandon Ingram's season at Duke was eye opening for many people with his shooting touch, surprising defensive versatility and his integral role in Duke's postseason success. The negatives about Ingram is his skinny frame and the fact his is one of the youngest prospects in this year's draft class.
ESPN NBA Draft Insider Chad Ford projects that the 76ers will draft Ben Simmons while Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy believes the Sixers will take Brandon Ingram. Accross the NBA Media Lanscape there are differing opinions of what Philadelphia will to with the 1st overall picks
P.J. Carlesimo is a former Collegiate and NBA Head Coach over a period of two decades and he is now working for ESPN as an NBA Analyst. As a guest on The Sports Bash Thursday, Carlesimo weighed in on who he would select if he was doing it for the Sixers:
"I'm taking (Brandon) Ingram, I've heard too many things about (Ben) Simmons that I don't like. His talent, unbelievable, but the craziness that's gone on the side with that team and the fact he's not a good shooter, I'll take Ingram's upside versus Simmons more ready right now talent."
Checkout what Carlesimo had to say about Brett Brown and the Sixers along with his analysis of Warriors vs Thunder series